Grateful

 

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This sign hangs above our back door. Even when life gets stressful and gritty and heartbreaking, there is amazing beauty all around.  I am that freaky woman who gets teary and a little stalker scary when sweet baby cheeks and chubby feet are behind me in the checkout line or when I hear the laughter of children or witness a kindness – even if it’s the little fellow sharing french fries with his dad in a McDonald’s commercial.  I am that embarrassing woman!

When I walk out the door, I always want the reminder to open my eyes and my heart to life. And be grateful.

Experts know that living in a state of gratitude improves our physical, emotional and social well-being.  Gratitude increases the ability to handle crises, heart strength, lowers blood-pressure and increases the immune system. Amazingly, it also decreases stress, anxiety, headaches and depression, improves self-care and the likelihood to exercise.

That is pretty incredible.  The benefits of living gratefully create real health,  wellness and happiness.

On Sundays, I am going to post some of the loveliness of my life.  My gratitude journal.  I encourage you to do the same.

What are you grateful for?

 

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On my list this week is yesterday’s hike up Crowder’s Mountain with some of my gang.  We were missing a few but it was a beautiful day, fun exercise and a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle.

L-R: Matt (friend -living with us for the summer), Maggie, me, Davis, Roger and Colin.  So grateful for these people!

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Spending the day with these cuties was the best!

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A little sweaty and out of breath at the top.  All my insecurities scream when I see this picture and it isn’t the trim beautiful pic you see posted all over social media.  But here is the truth for me – we made it to the top and I am grateful.  I can walk and climb and huff and puff with people I love who love me and I don’t take that for granted. Living in gratitude helps me overcome my crazy feelings of not being enough.  It is always a work in progress.

Another preparation hike on the road to next year’s PCT adventure is in the books…stay tuned.

Grateful.

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I am always thankful for baby life. This sweet bunny was chomping on blades of grass in the front yard.  He was only a cute little handful of precious bunny.

 

 

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And these two little scamps were climbing the pine tree… precious little raccoon faces.

We are concerned about them, though. Two babies in the daylight without a mom in sight.  Will keep you posted!

 

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Grateful for flowers in the house!

 

Enjoy your day, brave ones, and be ever present.

 

Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others. Cicero, 106 BC

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give and that it is only with gratitude life becomes rich.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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